Local Housing Allowance: Wales

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 19th May 2022.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an estimate of the average difference between the rent being paid by individuals in receipt of Local Housing Allowance (LHA) and the LHA rate in each local authority in Wales in the most recent period for which data is available.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

As of November 2021, the average monthly difference between the rent being paid by individuals in receipt of Local Housing Allowance (LHA) and the LHA rate in each Welsh local authority is as below:

Local Authority

Average monthly difference between rent and LHA rate

Blaenau Gwent

£75

Bridgend

£59

Caerphilly

£69

Cardiff

£12

Carmarthenshire

£58

Ceredigion

£50

Conwy

£74

Denbighshire

£67

Flintshire

£48

Gwynedd

£70

Isle of Anglesey

£49

Merthyr Tydfil

£65

Monmouthshire

£91

Neath Port Talbot

£68

Newport

£49

Pembrokeshire

£75

Powys

£81

Rhondda Cynon Taf

£64

Swansea

£30

Torfaen

£59

Vale of Glamorgan

£78

Wrexham

£45

Average difference figures include both households where the rent paid by individuals is lower than the LHA and households where the rent paid by individuals is higher than the LHA. Positive values relate to where monthly rent is higher than the monthly LHA rate on average in a local authority.

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